Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blueberry Pancakes For Everyone!

Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day and I feel that should include some kind of freebie pancakes for me...I don't think I'm going to get that, so I may have to make my own. If you're looking for a good recipe, here's one from All Recipes that are called My-Hop Pancakes. 

Just add a few room temperature blueberries to the batter right before frying. I like to use some from a box of blueberry muffin mix, cuz they're little and tasty and they don't have to be in season at the grocery.



Maybe I should just go to Bob Evans. I love their pancakes...and crepes. Okay, I'm finished drooling for now.

Here's another card I made for the nursing home residents in my home town. I used a Hero Arts rose stamp, colored them with Distress Inks and Copics and then trimmed them. I also used Perfect Pearls and water to spray and give them a shimmer. If I left off the shimmer and rhinestones, it might be a good masculine card too, since some men like gardening and the color palette is darker.



Happy Wednesday...off to Bob Evans for pancakes!
Chark

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Craft Stamper Magazine Entry

So I stumbled onto this challenge over at Craft Stamper Magazine and the prize was so amazing, I had to jump in. The challenge is an easy one too—use a non-digi stamp to created something. Love how open this one is. And since I've set a goal to make a boatload of cards in the next few weeks for the nursing home, stamping was right up my alley this week.

Here's the card I'm entering and planning to give to a nursing home resident. I used the Flower Burst cling stamp from Hero Arts on patterned paper, added a premade sentiment that I jazzed up with Stickles and then added gray pearls for the flowers. Hope this cheery palette makes someone happy.


Just in case you're looking for some good stamps, a2z Scrapbooking Supplies has some on sale right now. If you like Hero Arts, this is a great place to shop. This little beauty is just $5.50. It's perfect for Valentine cards or tags.



And this one is a cool background stamp that I'm thinking I need. I'd love to try this in a tone-on-tone aqua card. I love how background stamps give you interest without the bulk of layers—especially when you're mailing cards. It's a great deal at $6.00. Better get over to a2z and get mine before they're gone!


Join me in the challenge, you have some days left! And get to stamping!
Chark

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hiya, Valentine!

I decided to make some Valentine cards for the nursing home my mom spent some time in this summer. The Caring Hearts Card Drive inspired me. I've been contributing to the card drive for a couple of years because I love the idea, and after seeing Mom's nursing home in person, I understood how much of a difference a card could make in a person's life, if only to break the monotony of the days.

So I picked Valentine's Day as my date to get about 80 cards finished. But I'm going with more generic cards than Valentines just in case I don't make the deadline. Here's a card I tried to make suitable for a man or woman.



I started with an embossed card base, stamped an older Hero Arts silhouette stamp (you can find it at Jo Ann here.) on Hero Arts patterned paper, added a ribbon behind a preprinted sentiment—fast and easy and hopefully good. I added more black to the ground with a marker, mostly to cover up the messed up stamping :) I like to think I'm the Queen of Coverups, since I make a lot of mistakes and have a lot of experience "fixing" them.

I'm entering this card over at Craft Stamper Magazine's January Challenge. They have a great prize pack this month, check it out!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, January 23, 2015

I Love Crafty Magazines!

I hate seeing magazines shut down, especially crafty ones that inspire me. Since PaperCrafts just shut its doors, I thought I'd bring you some links to others that are still publishing if you're going through withdrawal. 

If you're like me and love a good magazine for inspiration, you can't go wrong with Stampington magazines. I just ordered a year of Somerset Studio magazine, one of my favorites that I get by single issue at Jo Ann Fabrics or the bookstore. They have the biggest variety of mags for crafters of any one company I know.


They're expensive, but worth it and this subscription is on sale right now. I used my Christmas money to treat myself. Normally a year is $53.00 but it's $32.99 right now, so I snapped it up. These are quality magazines with tons of inspiration and instruction and they are keepers. I have all the single issues I've purchased on my bookshelf still.

They also have a Take Ten mag for cardmakers (each card takes just ten minutes to make) and several jewelry, sewing, and just all-around crafty options...if you're interested, pop over to their site here and check it out. And these are hefty mags too...not a few glossy pages, but great 100+ pages for some of these.

Craft Stamper is also a magazine that is geared toward cardmakers. My DT buddies, Kymona and Zoey are on their DT too and they have giveaways on their site. It's a UK mag with lots of inspiration.


Another great magazine for scrappers and cardmakers is Scrapbook & Cards Today...you can get a digi copy or paper copy.There are tons of familiar names in this one and Megan Hoeppner from Creating Keepsakes is on the blog, so it's a great blog too. And, yep, giveaways there too!


No projects from me to share today cuz I'm lazy and stuff(ok, I'm just feeling less than 100% well)...but I'll do some projects this weekend and be back on Monday with some fresh projects on the blog. 

In the meantime, you can pop over to the blogs above for giveaways and inspiration and tell me if you have a fave craft magazine or book.

Happy Friday!
Chark



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

At Least I Have A Picture

So, there was a company called Northridge Publishing Company and they printed the little square magazines like this one.



I got a project accepted and then they stopped publishing, disappeared off the face of the earth and they kept my project! It still makes me mad. Some people were subscribers and tried to cancel but were charged for months and lost money, so at least I didn't get swindled. I just didn't get published but not returning it was kinda crappy, because it had pics of my kids. I took a picture of the front of the little tag album and that's all I have left. boo hoo!



I'll try to move on and leave the bitterness behind (I'm doing great so far haha), but I thought I'd at least share the project here. I used tags from Prima and lots of little travel goodies to make a mini album of our trip to New Orleans as a family. 

Do you ever make mini albums? I have a few—including Halloween and Christmas that come out at the holidays as part of the decorations. What else can you do when you have a million pics? You can't make a million scrapbook pages, so mini albums it is! Plus, they're fun because they come together so quickly and you can make the subject whatever you want. 

I might have to remake this one...I still have lots of NOLA pics leftover and I did two pages already!

Happy Wednesday and leave me a link to any mini albums you've made—I'd love to see them!

Chark



Monday, January 19, 2015

National Winnie the Pooh Bear Day!

How cool is it that we have a day to celebrate Winnie the Pooh? I loved him and all the creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood when I was a kid and I still do. To celebrate, I'll show you some beautiful and not-so-beautiful professional Pooh Bear cakes courtesy of Cake Wrecks.


Lovely, right?
Get ready!




I'm no professional, but I'm pretty sure I could pull these off better if I tried. Just say'n..you don't want to scare the birthday boy or girl. teehee.

And here are some free project life cards you can use on a Pooh page or card if you want to join me in celebrating Winnie the Pooh Day from One Velvet Morning.


So, who's your favorite Hundred Acre Wood character? I love Tigger for his obnoxious ways, Pooh for his sweetness, Eeyore for his perpetual gloominess and Piglet for how cute he is!

Happy Monday!
Chark